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 Eligilibity Requirements for Licensing

Basic Requirements for All Licensees

Regardless of whether you intend to apply for an individual or firm license, as a private investigator or security guard, there nine basic requirements which apply to all applicants. For a firm, these basic requirements apply to all officers, member or partners, and all employees who will conduct business.

  1. Be at least 18 years old or older. 
  2. Be a citizen of the United States, or an alien legally residing in the United States.  
  3. Be of good moral character.  
  4. Have not had a previous private investigator or security guard license revoked or denied in West Virginia or any other state.  
  5. Have not been declared incompetent by a court because of a mental defect or illness. 
  6. Do not suffer from narcotics addiction or dependence or habitual drunkenness. 
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or territory. 
  8. Have not been convicted of any of these crimes:
    • Illegally using, carrying or possessing a pistol or other dangerous weapon;
    • Making or possessing burglar's instruments;
    • Buying or receiving stolen property;
    • Entering a building unlawfully;
    • Aiding an inmate's escape from prison;
    • Possessing or distributing illicit drugs; or
    • Any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or for which dishonesty of character is a necessary element.
  9. Have never:
    • Engaged in the private investigation or security guard business without a license;
    • Transferred my license to an unlicensed person or subcontracted with an unlicensed person or firm to conduct investigations or security guard business;
    • Employed anyone to conduct investigations or security guard business who was in violation of any of the prohibitions or requirements of law;
    • Falsely represented that I am or any other person is licensed as an investigator or guard;
    • Made any false report with respect to any matter relating to my employment;
    • Divulged any information obtained from or for a client without express permission;
    • Knowingly accepted employment to obtain information intended for illegal purposes; or
    • Authorized another person to violate the law or rules.

Select the type of license you are seeking and review the eligibility requirements for that particular license: